[Telum News Watch] On-ground reporting in Afghanistan

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After 20 years of war, the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in August 2021, following the withdrawal of US forces. Telum Media spoke to Nina Muslim-Shuey from BERNAMA Special Issues Desk about her experience there.

Some key takeaways include:
  • There is still a humanitarian crisis going on in Afghanistan, mainly because the remaining perception on Taliban as dangerous terrorists by the US government. (0:55) 
  • The majority of the middle class became immediately impoverished overnight due to the colossal collapse of Afghan banking system. (1:31) 
  • Dress code and gender are now an issue. (3:26) 
  • Be aware of socio, political and economic issues happening in the country. Understanding the significance of the news and its context is the trail of getting good news stories. (6:57) 
  • A good mindset to adopt is that you cannot control everything 'if it happens, it happens' and deal with it when it happens. (8:17) 
  • Afghan journalists are prohibited from providing any negative reporting about the Taliban government. (8:51) 
Video duration: 11 minutes and 49 seconds 

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